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Golden Spider Awards – The Results

Posted in: Browsers,CSS,Marketing,Standards,Usability,WebDev by Richard Hearne on November 24, 2006
Internet Marketing Ireland

Last night the ‘Internet Oscars’ took place in Dublin. I’ve been trying to find out the results. The Golden Spider website is still selling tickets :mrgreen:

So i found the results over at Silicon Republic:

  1. AOL Best Financial Website
    Winner: aib.ie/personal
  2. SalesOnLine.ie Best Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Website
    Winner: hostelworld.com
  3. Daft.ie Best News, Media & Entertainment Website
    Winner: RTE.ie
  4. Comreg Best Sports, Health and Leisure Website
    Winner: RTE.ie/sport
  5. FÁS Best Social Networking, Community & Not For Profit Website
    Winner: trocaire.org
  6. RTÉ Best Education Website
    Winner: gaelscoildehide.ie
  7. HostelWorld.com Best Marketing Campaign
    Winner: carbuyersguide.ie
  8. Department of Communications Best Web Design Agency
    Winner: clearscape.ie
  9. IEDR Best Technology Innovation Award
    Winner: cashcollector.com
  10. Allianz Best Retail Website
    Winner: gohop.ie
  11. Cash Collector Best Professional Services Website
    Winner: Raymondpotterton.com
  12. Irish Jobs Best e-Business Website
    Winner: Myhome.ie
  13. ArgusCarHire.Com Best New Website Launched in 2006
    Winner: moviestar.ie
  14. Best Broadband Application Award
    Winner: tg4.ie
  15. Arekibo Best Public Sector Website
    Winner: callcosts.ie
  16. Red Ribbon.ie Best HR, Training and Recruitment Website
    Winner: monster.ie
  17. Internet Hero 2006 Award
    Winner: Cormac Callanan
  18. Eircom 2006 Golden Spiders Grand Prix Award
    Winner: RTE.ie

Well done to all the winners.

Cathal Magee, managing director of eircom commented:

The entries this year were outstanding and testament to the strength of the Irish internet industry. These awards provide an important opportunity to recognise and showcase online excellence.

[Emphasis mine]

I have to say that my research begs to differ with you Mr. Magee.

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  1. These awards have zero credibility.

    I wonder what are the criteria these are judged on as I use RTE.ie as an example to students of poor web design. If these awards are not for design and not for quality of code (i.e. the lack of standards), what is their purpose?

    Red Cardinal start your own awards, you’ve obviously spent far more time evaluating these websites than the “judges” themselves! The minimum requirement should involve use of standards and these awards should reward efficiency, SOE and design innovation. It is obvious that these criteria have been ignored.

    Comment by Brian — November 24, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

  2. Thanks for the kind words Brian.

    While I’m very flattered by your suggestion, I don’t think I would be an ideal candidate to run an awards :grin:



    Comment by Richard Hearne — November 24, 2006 @ 2:28 pm

  3. :) We discussed that in the Irish Webmaster boards.We need deep pockets or decent backing.

    I have to say, I think I have lost all interest in the awards. Unless I’m up for something next year ;)

    Nice to see how accessible all the winners websites are. Maybe I’m just a sore loser?

    Comment by Dave Davis — November 24, 2006 @ 3:45 pm

  4. [...] Richard over at Red Cardinal – has a list (lists – love them – sorry) of the winners of the Golden Spiders. [...]

    Pingback by Weekend Links at John M. Ryan — November 26, 2006 @ 12:36 pm

  5. The Golden Spiders are a joke. Simply a night out for big business. Is anybody seriously interested in these “micky mouse” awards

    Comment by Alex — November 27, 2006 @ 5:01 pm

  6. Does anyone find it odd that the winners are always someone that’s forked out for a ticket for the event? So it seems to work like this – pay your 100 euro entry fee and if, by arbitrary or incompetent selection, you make the shortlist then in order to win you HAVE TO fork out to attend the event too. Well that’s good. So at least we know now that it’s not actually a mark of quality.

    Comment by Mojo — November 27, 2006 @ 6:26 pm

  7. These so-called award ceremonies have nothing to do with the quality of a website, and are only based on the ‘in crowd’ of eircom customers.

    I found another Irish award site the other day with is done by o2, and called the ability awards (www.theabilityawards.com).

    “The O2 Ability Awards are the first Irish business awards for best practice in the employment and inclusion of people with disabilities.”

    The inclusion of people with disbilities doesn’t seem to extend to producing websites that are accessible to people with disabilities.

    Comment by Steve — February 6, 2007 @ 12:16 am

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